Gov. Matt Mead sent his list of 105 nominees for 41 state boards and commissions to the state Senate on Friday.
The nominees will take seats on the Oil and Gas Conservation, Game and Fish, and Transportation commissions, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees, the Business Council, and many others.
The governor also submitted the names of 11 nominees to serve in seven cabinet posts and on the Board of Equalization and the Public Service Commission.
All the proposed appointments must be approved by the state Senate.
“These boards, commissions and agencies are important to Wyoming,” Mead said in a statement released Friday. “I thank everyone who has agreed to serve, including volunteers who are so giving of their time.”
Among the nominees are several former legislators including Kermit Brown, who left the Legislature last year after serving as Speaker of the House, Bill Hawks, a Casper oilman who served as a state senator, and Gerald Geis, a former state senator from Worland.
Mead nominated Brown to a first term on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees along with David Fall of Gillette. The governor seeks approval of two reappointments to the UW board, John MacPherson of Saratoga, and Jeff Marsh of Torrington.
Hawks is a reappointment to the Pipeline Authority. Geis was nominated to the Water Development Commission.
Bruce McCormack, former publisher of the Cody Enterprise, was nominated to the Wyoming Aeronautics Commission. He serves as a member of the Wyoming Transportation Commission.
Mead also tapped Jackson Hole Mountain Resort President Jerry Blann for the Wyoming Business Council. If confirmed, Blann would join Kelly Lockhart, reappointed by the governor, as one of two representatives from Teton County on that body.
The list submitted by the governor noted nominees still must be found for two slots, one on the Pari-mutuel Commission and a second on the School Facilities Commission.
Mead also submitted a list of nine nominees for his cabinet. Four among them will appear before the Senate for confirmation for the first time.
Tony Young will lead the Department of Enterprise and Technology Services. Delbert McComie will run Construction Management. Mike Reed will lead the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Darren Westby will serve as director of the Department for State Parks and Cultural Resources. The four men are new appointees, or were named to the job during the recent interim period.
Both Tony Young and Mike Reed formerly worked in the governor’s office. Reed was a policy advisor, and Young formerly served as Mead’s deputy chief of staff.